April 2019 Meeting

Lila Sedlak

Speaker of the Month, Lila Sedlak of North Versailles Township 150th Anniversary Committee, gave an update on the NVT 150th Anniversary Celebration and a brief history of North Versailles Township.

Autumn Auction 2018

Special thanks to the EABA Members who donated:
Data Matrix – Gift Basket
Parkview Community Federal Credit Union – $50 Gift Card Basket Roxanne Eichler – Jewelry
Hadad Services, Inc. – Upholstering Cleaning ($200 value)
Lea’s Floral – Silk Floral Arrangement
Eastern Area Prehospital Care – Special Gift
Generation Stoneworks – Yard Sign ($325 value)
Whitney Construction – Gift Basket
Bill Meighan (Allstate Insurance) – Autographed James Conner Bobble Head
Barb Logan (Howard Hanna Real Estate) – $50 donation
Cher Ban Tire – Automotive Repair Certificate ($200 value)
Andrea Graziano (Avon) – Christmas Bundle ($150 value)
E. Henigan Studios – $50 cash for Money Tree
YADCO Music – Guitar
Rich Catalano – Blue Knob Golf Package ($500 value)
Tony Verrico Insurance – Drew’s Gift Certificate
HR Solutions for Small Businesses – Forbes Bouquet Painting
East McKeesport Borough – $100 cash for Money Tree
Christina Gusky (PNC Bank North Versailles) – Gift Basket – Sweets/Treats
K. Terry Carskaddan – Dinner Plates
Point Pleasant – Something Special
Eastland Storage – 1 month Rental
Cathy Denorsek, Bankers Life – Fall Centerpiece + $20 Hub Gift Certificate
Priority One EMS/Sandin Home Health – Gift Basket
Broadstreet Bistro – 2 tickets to Phoenix Movie and $25 Broadstreet Bistro
Mom Alford, Movement Mortgage – $50 Donation for Money Tree
Fran Vislay – Bag of AHNI & Zoe Crafting Items ($105 value)
Fran Vislay – Little Bo Peep & Cinderella Plate ($65 value)
Fran Vislay – Music Boxes ($60 value)
Fran Vislay – Stanley Fuller – Fiesta Fuller Spin Mop ($70 value)
Deb Sawchak – Charity Hat Box ($115 value)
Catherine’s Foundation – Christmas Wreath and $60 Lottery Tickets

June 2018 Meeting

Meeting Program

This is EABA election day. Ballots will be given to paid Members to cast their vote for the 2018-2019 Board Members. All Board positions are open. Dan Yadesky has taken names of Members who are interested in Becoming a member of the Board. Those names have been included on the ballot.

The June meeting will be an open Forum. Time for members to “TOOT YOUR OWN HORN!'”

September 5, 2018 Speaker

Mr. Sal Aloe, Executive Director
Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School in Wilmerding

Student of the Month Info

The program will resume in October 2018. Any EABA Member who would like to be a luncheon sponsor should call Andrea @ 412-956-2826.

Scholarship Donations

Over the years, The East Allegheny Business Association has depended on the members generosity and support of the Autumn Auction to fund the Annual Scholarship Awards.


Member Dues 2018-2019

Our new cycle starts July 1, 2018. The updated membership form is on
the back of the newsletter.

EABA 2017 – 2018 OFFICERS

President • Roxanne Sakoian Eichler
Vice President • Dan Yadesky
Secretary •Morgan McCallistef
Treasurer • Andrea M. Graziano


Richard Catalano
Carl Krzywiec
Ron Virtes
Donna Padezan
Candy Whitney

[ All members are up for election on June 6, 2018. ]



Ten Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

Powerful social-media trends affecting both users and brands are strengthening and accelerating.

Deep Patel, Contributor  •  Entrepreneur.com

In the past year, a number of significant stories involved social media: Facebook lured Snapchat users to Instagram, the president of the United States communicated official policy positions in 140 characters and Apple announced plans to alter the way we interact with our mobile devices.

Next year, social media is poised to create even more disruption as a number of new technological advancements go mainstream, and as social norms related to social media change. Here are the top 10 social media trends…(Continue Reading Here)

Autumn Auction = Success!

Thank you to our members who came through once again! The Auction was a BIG SUCCESS with total bids coming in at an amazing, $1,600!

That amount was exactly the total we give to the students. The East Allegheny Business Association. has the best members!

October 2017 Meeting

Guest Speaker

Don’t miss this month’s meeting with guest speaker Bill Flanagan.Bill is Executive VP/Chief Public Affairs Officer for Allegheny Conference Development. His topic will be, “How Big Business Hiring Affects Smaller Businesses.”

Member of the Month

Cathy Dernorsek, Insurance Agent
Bankers Life

Student of the Month

Jessica Diane Stevenson
Parents: Lori and Rick Stevenson

Student of the Month Sponsors

We still need two more sponsors for February 7 and March 7. Please contact Andrea if you are interested.

Summer Business vs. Summer Job

Entrepreneur.com Article


Growth Hacker at GoSpaces.com

Summer vacation is in full swing, but for a lot of students, that means four months of under-employment or sometimes even unemployment. It seems funny to think that so many students expect to graduate and land their dream job, and yet in the summers preceding it they toil away at minimum wage jobs and illegal internships. [read more]


8th Annual Autumn Auction

EABA Autumn AuctionJoin us Sunday, October 16 for our eighth annual Autumn Auction. Proceeds will support the EABA Scholarship Fund.

  • Tell your Employees!
  • Invite your family and friends to come join us!
  • Steelers at Miami Dolphins  Watch NFL games on Large Screen TV
  • Party on the outside patio
  • EABA Sandwich of the Day: Italian hoagie, fries, and soft drink
  • EABA Wing-Ding: famous wings, fries, and soft drink
  • EABA Drink of the Day
  • EABA Beer of the Day
  • Bucket of Beer
  • Silent Auction – Always a great assortment of prizes!

Broadway Bistro
1025 Broad St.
North Versailles
2:00 p.m. until dusk
Auction Closes at 5:00 p.m.

Generation Stone Works


June 2016 EABA Member of the Month

2000 Donner Street
McKeesport, PA. 15135-1204
(412) 751-4900
Fax: (412) 754-6070
Joseph L. Castagnola, President

Generation Stoneworks wants to take this opportunity to introduce our new name to our friends in the East Allegheny Business Community.

Generation Stoneworks is a natural stone fabricator and supplier, specializing in Indiana Limestone.

Founded in 1988 by owner Joe Castagnola and Rose (his lovely wife), Generation Stoneworks has been entrusted to supply countless custom stone projects throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. Generation Stoneworks success is based on design and fabrication expertise that ensures a quality crafted stone product that adds architectural character and value to any commercial, residential or institutional project. Sound business applications based on family values have allowed our company to transition into 2nd generation leadership with Joe’s son Joe taking over as president of the company in 2016. For more information on what types of masonry projects we can serve or to visit our facility in the Boston section of Elizabeth Township, contact Joe Castagnola at 412-751-4900. Our new website generationstoneworks.com is under construction and will be completed soon. Please go there to see highlights of past projects.

If you should happen to be in the Boston area, please stop by and say “hi.” There is always a pot of coffee on – we would enjoy spending time with you!

Congratulations on being the June 2016 Member of the Month!

June 2016 Meeting

Roxanne Eichler and Bill Flanagan

Roxanne Eichler and Bill Flanagan

The last meeting of the year has held Wednesday, June 1. Oure guest speaker was Bill Flanagan, Executive VP / Chief Public Affairs Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Bill spoke on the Pittsburgh’s region current economic state and the future outlook for our economy and the quality of life in our region.

Please make note on the site….. Next meeting is September 7, 2016; Autumn Auction is Sunday, Oct 16th at The Broadway Bistro; 2pm – 5pm….. more details to follow in Sept.

Member Dues 2015-2016

The EABA Membership year is from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. If your dues have not been paid for that period, please remit as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that our Membership Dues, the Autumn Auction and periodic donations made to the Scholarship Fund are the main and sometimes only financial support East Allegheny Business Association receives.

We appreciate all of our wonderful members and our reputation for having the best association around!

20th Annual Scholarship Awards

S T U D E N T   O F   T H E   M O N T H

EABA Scholarship Awards
(Students listed by month presented)

October 2015

Student: Adam Bannister
Luncheon Sponsor: Deborah Sawchak, Home Buyers Marketing II

November 2015

Student: Annastatia Nicole Eichler
Luncheon Sponsor: Donna Padezan, NPV Productions

January 2016

Student: Gillian Saccameno
Luncheon Sponsor: Elaine Henigan, E.Henigan Studios

February 2016

Student: Jansen Simone
Luncheon Sponsor: Susan Blake, Priority One

March 2016

Student: Justin B.Welch
Luncheon Sponsor: Barbara Gardonis-Sandin Home Health

April 2016

Student: Miranda Lynne Smith
Luncheon Sponsor: Karen Hadad Edwards, Hadad Services, Inc.

Please join us at the May meeting to honor these exceptional young adults.

NOTE:  All Luncheon Sponsors are to attend

Meeting Information

When: Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 12:00 noon
Menu: Delicious Luncheon
Cost : $12.00
RSVP: joe@stonecompany.net OR andreamatty.graziano@gmail.com

2016 Luncheon Sponsors

October 2015 Deborah Sawchak – Homes for Heroes

November 2015 Donna Padezan – NPV Productions

January 2016. E. Henigan Studios’

February 2016 Susan Blake – Priority 1

March 2016. Barbara Gardonis – Sandin Home Health Care

April 2016 Karen Hadad Edwards


Taking a different direction…

Margaret “Peggy” Bianchi has chosen to close the doors on New Steps Rehab BUT anyone who knows her also is aware that if she closes one, she opens another. Peggy will continue the Pilates classes under Inner Strength Yoga, in the Rita’s Plaza.

She was a Board Member of EABA from 1999 – 2002, and she believed in the Student of the Month program. Peggy was adamant about the criteria needed and she introduced the importance of the G.P.A. and Class Rank for the students to share with the Board in 2000. Most of the Board said it was a great idea, a few wanted to think about it and one “little grey haired lady” asked WHY. (I think she is still on the board)!!

Our good wishes go to Peggy and we hope she knows there is always an open invitation for her to attend our EABA meetings.


Join EABA!

East Allegheny Business Association welcomes all businesses, big and small. We have been told by members and guests that  EABA is one of the best luncheon meetings they have ever attended–great fellowship and good food. The membership dues are affordable at $50 for the year. The EABA year is from July 1 thru June 30. We have maintained the $50 fee since 2011.

Our Annual Scholarship Awards are presented to six East Allegheny seniors at the May meeting. The funds for the awards are made possible due to the generosity of our members and friends who donate the best items for the Autumn Auction held in October. Thank you to all.

2016 Meeting Update

There was no member of the month for January. The December meeting was informal and the members were enjoying each other and the delicious meal. So was the “Lady” at the sign-in table and she forgot all about the business cards (that would be me)!!
We will have the drawing at the January meeting for the February Member of the Month.

Andrea Graziano, Editor

Welcome EABA New Members!

Geo Search Seo & Responsive Websites

Specialist Bonnie Sopko
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home

Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania

Bankers Life & Casualty

Representative – Cathy Dernorsek

Autumn Auction


To the EABA MEMBERS for donating the Great Gifts for our 7th Autumn Auction and to the members and friends who did the bidding. That is when the fun really starts. Our Scholarship Awards are possible due to your generosity.

Richard J. Catalano,PC
Wilmerding YMCA
James F. Kutch, Funeral Home
East Hills Cabinet
Grandview Cemetery Assoc.
Point Pleasant Ind.Ret.Community
Cathy Dernorsek,Mary Kay Cosmetics
Borough of East McKeesport
Priority One/Sandin Health Care
Five Star Storage
NPVideo Production
First Niagara Bank
TRC Industries
DataMatrix Systems,Inc.
Parkview Community FCU
Roxanne SAKOIAN Eichler,ESQ.
Hadad Services,Inc.
Lea’s Floral
The Prada Company,Inc.
Whitney Construction,Inc.
All State Ins.-Bill Meighan
Howard Hanna-Barbara Logan
Andrea Graziano-Ind.Avon Sls.
E.Henigan Studios’

Tips for 2016

Money10 Financial Mistakes Rich People Never Make

By: Daniel Ally, Contributor
Self-Made Millionaire & Business Expert

I hear people giving financial advice all the time. Most of them aren’t rich.

Those who are rich would disagree with what many charlatans preach. The other day, I came across an article proclaiming, “Skip your lunch, don’t buy expensive coffee, cut your hair less often.” This is a horrendous way to live your life and it promotes poverty. It’s smart to be thrifty, but you don’t want to be cheap. You should never do anything that will deprive you from your joy.
[ Read the full article on entrepreneur.com ]


2015 Luncheon Sponsors

 October 2015  Deb Sawchak
 November 2015  Donna Padezan, NPV
 January 2016  E. Henigan Studios
 February 2016  Susan Blake, Priority 1
 March 2016  Barb Gardonis, Sandin H.H.
 April 2016  OPEN
 May 2016  Scholarship Awards – all sponsors to attend.

How to Keep Your Website’s Content Fresh

fresh web contentWhen thinking of how to keep your website fresh, don’t underestimate the value of evergreen content, especially in a world where the pace of consumption moves as fast as it does.

If you publish on a weekly basis, you know it can be hard to keep up. Some days you’re strapped for time or resources or maybe the creative well has just run dry. But new content is what’s expected of you and your website, right?

Well, instead of fretting over the task of creating something from scratch every day, put some of your older, more popular pieces back to work.

Here are three ways to get more…  >>Click here to read the full article.

Article: addthis.com
Writer: Christian Brink
March 24, 2015

Student of the Month Awards

EABA Student of the Month Winners 2015

1st Place – Tyler Terza; $500 Award

2nd Place – Stormy Green; $300 Award

Honorable Mention – Charlotte Kapral, Jessica Edwards, Kaylynn Kirkland and Gino DePaoli; $200 Award


Mark Your Calendars!

  • Breakfast Seminarcalendar

    April 1, 2015
    8:30am – 11:00am

  • Scholarship Awards Meeting

    May 6, 2015

  • March Speaker of the Month: Dan Busatto, Insurance Broker & Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist

    TOPIC: He will share with you things you need to know and what to look for in your Individual, Group and Medicare Insurance.

  • Future Speakers
    • April: Officer Norm Locke and Canine Officer Laky
    • May: John Sakoian, Owner/Founder Command Excellence Commercial Safety in Workplace

October 2014 Speaker of the Month


Bill Flanagan

Bill Flanagan, Executive VP of Corporate Relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development was our October 2014 Speaker of the Month. Bill is also host of Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV.


Bill Flanagan, Our Region’s Business WPXI-TV

September 2014 Speaker of the Month


Kathy Svilar

Kathy Svila, known locally as “The Shop n Save Lady” was our September Speaker of the Month. Kathy is well known for her energy and has appeared and hosted many Pittsburgh based and national programs for almost 25 years.

Kathy is currently with the CTVN television program Sister-2-Sister.The cast of Sister-2-Sister attended our September meeting.


Cast of Sister 2 Sister, Cornerstone Television

Roxanne and Kathy Svilar - Sept 14

Sister-2-Sister with Roxanne - Sept 14

Scholarship Luncheon 2014

EABA Student of the Month 2013-2014

Krista Marie Bozurick, William “Will” Marshall, Margaret Catherine Edwards, Ricky Daniel Coats, Jessica Elizabeth Berger and Sharon Fay Ritenour

Congratulations First Place Award Winner, Will Marshall!

Will Marshall with Dan Yadesky, EABA Vice President

Will Marshall with Dan Yadesky, EABA Vice President

Don’t Miss: May 7 Seminar with Jeff Tobe


Don’t miss the EABA monthly meeting on May 7 with special guest speaker, Jeff Tobe, jeff tobeM.Ed. Certified Speaking Professional. He is a well known speaker across the United States. With his high energy, high humor & high content style, he walks his audiences through a session they will never forget!

Seminar starts with a buffet breakfast at 8:30am.
Regular meeting starts at Noon.

Find out more about Jeff by visiting: Jeff Tobe | Premiere Motivational Speakers Bureau

October 2013 EABA Meeting

Please enjoy the photos below from our EABA October 2013 meeting.

Speaker of the Month, Wayne King of the Pittsburgh Better Business Bureau and EABA President, Roxanne Eichler


Wayne and Roxanne with Krista Marie Bozurick,  Student of the Month

Autumn Auction 2013

autumn auction 2013

~ FIFTH Annual ~

Autumn Auction

Sunday, October 6, 2013
2:00 p.m. until Dusk
Boston Waterfront Restaurant
2422 St. David Drive
Boston, Pennsylvania
Auction closes at 5 p.m.

Come out and support EABA and the EABA Scholarship Fund!


EABA 17th Annual Scholarship Awards

Student of the MonthEABA Scholarship Awards

(Students listed by month presented)
October 2012 – Krista Sudyk
November 2012 – Jordan Loya
January 2013 – Joshua R. Strawins
February 2013 – Hussein “Ali” Steward
March 2013 – Rachel E. Ramsey
April 2013 – Anthony M. Swidorsky


First Place – $600
Second Place – $400
Honorable Mention – Four $250 Awards

Good luck to all! Please join us at the May meeting to honor these fine, young adults.

Luncheon Sponsors

These businesses will treat the above students to lunch on this special day:
October 2012 – New Steps Rehab
November 2012 – Richard J. Catalano, Attorney
January 2013 – Andrea Graziano, Avon Sales
February 2013 – Parkview Community FCU
March 2013 – DataMatrix Systems, Inc.
April 2013 – Kutch Funeral Home

A special thank you to all who participated in the Autumn Auction. Due to your generosity, the EABA was able to increase the awards by $1,000.

May Speaker: Former Cleveland Indians Pitcher

200 indians cleveTom McGough, a former Major League Pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and host/producer of the nationally syndicated Sports Week Television program and  Motivational Speaker will join us as guest speaker for the May meeting. Mr. McGough was recently inducted into the East Boros Sports Hall of Fame. Presently, he is a Master School Board Member with the Plum School District and the Sales Manager for Cornerstone Television. He has a wealth of information to share with the students, their families and the EABA members.

Breakfast Seminar: Writing for Impact



Writing for Impact Breakfast Seminar
(Full breakfast buffet)


Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Banquets Unlimited
200 Bridge Street
Wilmerding, PA 15148


Dr. Harriet Franklin, President of Franklin Communications


$40.00/person or $35.00/person for 3 or more


March 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (full payment due)


Andrea Graziano at 412-673-6184 or andreamatty.graziano@gmail.com
Joe Castagnola at joe@pradastonecompany.com

Seminar Description

Writing well is critical today. In a recent survey, CEO’s and executives of 120 companies were asked, “What is the most important skill you look for when promoting managers and employees?” Almost 100% responded “communication skills” and writing was close to the top. In this seminar you will learn:

  • The 12 most persuasive and demotivating words in the English language.
  • How to write powerful and persuasive emails, proposals, presentations, and letters that successfully sell you, your ideas, products or services every time.
  • How to use the Fishing Model to write creative and colorful cover letters and resumés that capture the attention of the reader, leading to the interview and perhaps the job?
  • How to write negative message, complaints and disagreements positively, so that the readers will accept the message easily.

Seminar is open to all Business Leaders, EABA Members and their employees.  You will receive a comprehensive handout with immediate take-home value.

Don’t miss out on this learning opportunity!




Guest Speaker: Senator Jim Brewster

EABA would like to thank February’s guest speaker, State Senator James R. Brewster, of the 45th Congressional District.


Senator Jim Brewster with EABA President, Roxanne Eichler, Esq.


Dan Yadesky, VP; Senator Brewster; Colin Humphrey, Student of the Month; Roxanne Eichler, President

Senator Jim Brewster and EABA Board Members

PA Act 32

Pennsylvania Act 32

PA has enacted new collection system for the employee wage tax (Act 32). Generally it’s 1% or so as stipulated by your local municipality. In most cases, individuals would pay that directly to their local tax collection agency…. Keystone, PAMS, etc. Starting Jan 1, 2012, employers are responsible for witholding the tax from employees paychecks and submitting the witholding to the assigned collection agency. In our region Keystone Collection Group is the designated agency.

Keystone will be used by most, if not all, of the EABA members:


The PA web site that provides specifics to Act 32: